Document This! 14 Kickstarted Films to Watch at DOC NYC This Month

Pier Kids by Elegance Bratton
Pier Kids by Elegance Bratton

This year, DOC NYC—New York’s documentary film festival—celebrates its 10th anniversary. The festival, which includes more than 300 films, shows, and events, takes place at three Manhattan theaters, with dozens of special guests attending in person.

We’re proud to celebrate the accomplishments of the Kickstarter Film community, especially the 14 Kickstarter-funded works (14! Count ‘em!) that will be screened at the festival, which takes place November 6–15.

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Kickstarter Joins 50+ Companies Going ‘Climate Neutral’

When we made the decision to reincorporate Kickstarter as a Public Benefit Corporation in 2015, we made limiting our environmental impact a part of our charter. Since then we’ve been working to live up to that commitment. Our office has switched to compostable kitchenware and energy-efficient lighting. And we’ve stepped up our support of creators who want to be sustainable in their creative work — launching our Environmental Resources Center, adding environmental commitments to project pages, and spotlighting creative projects made from recycled materials.

Today we’re taking another important step in our commitment to measure, reduce and offset our environmental impact. We’re joining Climate Neutral.

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Welcoming Casey Gerald to Our Board of Directors

I am very pleased to announce that the author and entrepreneur Casey Gerald has been appointed to Kickstarter PBC’s board of directors.

Casey is the author of There Will Be No Miracles Here, a memoir and coming-of-age story that, as Casey puts it, “stands the American dream on its head.” It was named one of the best books of 2018 by NPR and The New York Times. Casey is a two-time TED speaker and was named by Fast Company as one of the “Most Creative People in Business.” He also recently wrote “The Black Art of Escape” for New York magazine, reflecting on the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans’ arrival in Virginia.

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A Message to Our Community

To our community of creators and backers:

The many questions and concerns we’ve heard from you lately are a testament to how much you care about Kickstarter, the people who work here, and the importance of creative work in the world. In response, I felt it was best to talk directly about recent events and issues.

It’s important for you to know, and to hear straight from me, that we haven’t fired anyone for union organizing. We respect our staff’s right to decide for themselves if they want a union at Kickstarter, and we are giving them the space they need to make that decision.

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FAQ About Recent Events at Kickstarter

This FAQ provides information about the unionization effort at Kickstarter from the perspective of the company's leadership. It was originally published on September 27, 2019, and we’re updating it as necessary. Last updated December 6, 2019.

What’s been happening with the organizing effort at Kickstarter? 

Kickstarter’s leadership unequivocally supports the staff’s right to decide if a union would benefit them. On October 30, the union organizers here announced their intention to move toward a secret-ballot NLRB election. We believe this is the fairest way to resolve the internal debate over unionization. An election is likely to happen in the coming weeks. 

The leadership is close to signing a neutrality agreement with the organizers. Under this agreement, the leadership will strictly limit its communication with the staff on union matters. We will be available to answer questions, but we won’t initiate any discussions of our views. The agreement also requires the organizers and the leadership to refrain from making any public statements about unionization to press or on social media during the election period. And the organizers and leadership will determine the makeup of the bargaining unit before an election. 

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Kickstarter Announces New Residency at Factory Berlin’s Creators Lab to Foster Creative Communities

Factory Berlin - Creators Lab
Factory Berlin - Creators Lab

Starting this month, Kickstarter and Factory Berlin are teaming up for an ongoing residency of workshops, lectures and editorial events at Factory Berlin’s Creators Lab, a multi-purpose environment hosting music and artist studios and a meditation room located at Görlitzer Park.

This collaboration will provide a space for creators in the Kickstarter and Factory Berlin network to share knowledge and connect with competent partners and like-minded collectives. Every 3 months, Kickstarter will invite a like-minded organisation to help co-curate the Factory’s Creators Lab with a focus on themes like sustainability, mental and physical wellbeing, the creative process, ethical entrepreneurship, and innovation.

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Kickstarter Joins the Global Climate Strike on September 20

On September 20, Kickstarter is inviting our staff to participate in the Climate Strike. Here in New York, staff are welcome to take the day off to attend the protests. We’re also supporting team members who work remotely and want to take time off to join a protest in their area.

When Kickstarter became a Public Benefit Corporation in 2015, we included our planet as one of the stakeholders we consider when making decisions. Being an environmentally conscious company is something we’ve baked right into our charter. We've manifested this commitment through our work with the Environmental Defense Fund to create an Environmental Resources Center for creators and through the day-to-day choices we make in our office space, such as launching a composting program and using low-energy lighting.

While some companies participating in the Climate Strike may choose to shut down entirely, our platform will remain live. We’re taking this approach because we know that thousands of creators, many of whom are small and independent, rely on our platform to bring their ideas to life. If you're a creator with a live project and you want to express your support for the Climate Strike on your project page, we have a graphic for you.

You can learn more about the Climate Strike and how to participate at globalclimatestrike.net

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